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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

February 14, 2010
9:35 PM

Post #7559120

$2.50

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

February 14, 2010
9:36 PM

Post #7559122

Paint and solar lights

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blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 14, 2010
11:07 PM

Post #7559294

HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!! I was just given a copper chandiler that hold 2 globes guess what I will be copying!!!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2010
11:43 PM

Post #7559368

That looks just fantastic!
Artwestallis
Milwaukee, WI

February 14, 2010
11:48 PM

Post #7559383

guess I need to go to goodwill tommorrow lol very nice
SobeGardener
Miami Beach, FL
(Zone 10b)

February 14, 2010
11:59 PM

Post #7559410

Beautiful work ..great idea ..!
Would you mind to post close up pictures?
Thanks you.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2010
12:20 AM

Post #7559464

Beautiful!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

February 15, 2010
1:21 AM

Post #7559590

Close up

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JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

February 15, 2010
2:05 AM

Post #7559675

You should get an award for that. It looks like it was made to be that way.
EXCELLENT !!!
OK now I want one. lol

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

February 15, 2010
2:21 AM

Post #7559707

Thanks everyone! I'm pretty tickled with it ☺ I got some pretty strange looks while I was standing in line to pay for it. If only they knew...

Here's a floor lamp I got for $7. I took the electrical out of the top and stuck this solar globe in it. It changes colors going through a whole spectrum of colors.

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dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2010
2:38 AM

Post #7559739

That is the greatest! I will also be on the lookout for one. thanking you for showing me how..
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2010
3:14 AM

Post #7559807

How neat! What great ideas you have!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 15, 2010
10:22 PM

Post #7562159

Wow...simply beautiful. You have such a great imagination and the skills to put it all together...very inspiring!
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 17, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #7566860

How clever! My imagination doesn't run very deep:-) I'm going to be watching for old floor lamps too. I see in your picture some other great things you have done. I have an old chandilier that I took some crystals off of and washed them up. Have no idea what I am going to use them for yet. But the chandilier is plastic, looks like metal, guess I could still put solar lights in them. Another project I'd like to try.
mcbc11787
North Reading, MA
(Zone 6b)

February 18, 2010
12:51 PM

Post #7568915

Those are awesome! I only wish I had such an imagination! (I am good at "borrowing" ideas, though! LOL!)
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 20, 2010
8:11 PM

Post #7574805

Now I need to ask where do I find the solar lights you used in your chandilier? I really would love "copy" your idea. Maybe if I googled them I might find my answer.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

February 20, 2010
8:13 PM

Post #7574810

Walmart! $5 bucks ☺
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 20, 2010
8:15 PM

Post #7574820

Thanks, Fish_knees, I've got a $30 gift certificate and guess what I will be buying. :-) I would never thought of looking at Wal-Mart. I was thinking more of Lowe's or Home Depot.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

March 13, 2010
11:03 AM

Post #7626171

I just found solar lights at WalMart - 8 for $20 or so. I took one of the tops into Goodwill and found some vases that they fit perfectly. One of these on a pressed glass vase looks like a million. I was thinking a plain vase could have glass glued either inside or outside or the inside of the vase could be painted with glass paints.

By the way, I bought a lot of solar lights at Big Lots and none of them worked (since I'm in Mexico I couldn't drive 600 miles to return them). The WalMart lights are very nice and as cheap as any I've seen.

I have two chandeliers that I found discarded in LA that I'll be converting to solar.

Thanks to all who have contributed to these great ideas.

katie
ericabelle
West Plains, MO
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2010
6:34 AM

Post #7633008

Great idea, fish_knees! Love your arbor, too - my husband and I are actually putting up the same metal fence and gate you have in your garden - where did you get your arbor? Was it also at Lowe's?

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

March 16, 2010
9:58 AM

Post #7633468

Arbor was clearance at Target ☺
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

March 19, 2010
8:38 AM

Post #7640652

Katiebear - I got curious enough to Google for Mulege - and you can just color me as green as a gourd!!!!!!! What a lovely place to call home!!!!!!!!

Yes - I apologize for such an OT shift -
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

March 19, 2010
2:16 PM

Post #7641274

It's even lovlier since I got my first solar chandalier done and hung in my flame tree.

katie
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2010
5:24 PM

Post #7641598

pictures, please??
nana7
Llano, TX

April 2, 2010
7:54 PM

Post #7675705

I have done safty glass on those round vaces they turned out neet and have been in my yard for years.

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Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 3, 2010
9:54 AM

Post #7676941

On my trip to Wal-Mart was in a hurry so didn't get to really check out the solar lights, but I know they have them now. DH complains I send too much time shopping around, but let them go into a place to look at tools and time stands still for them.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 3, 2010
7:48 PM

Post #7678131

LOL!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2010
3:26 PM

Post #7687479

This chandelier's not solar, but I wanted to share anyway. DH got it on a giveaway bargain table at Lowe's---it's kinda frou-frou for me to use inside. So he turned it upside down, rewired it to go on the bottom of this outdoor ceiling fan, and put fluorescent bulbs in it, and hung it from the middle of our satelllite-dish gazebo.. It's gonna be perfect this summer when we want to sit outside in the evenings and read!

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

April 7, 2010
4:56 PM

Post #7687662

Boy! That DH is a keeper! I ♥ it!!!!
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2010
8:27 PM

Post #7688262

Yep, I've been "keeping" him since 1969, and I have no intention of breaking in a new model!

My son says this photo reminds him of the French Quarter part of the Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean ride...where the buxom girls are leaning off the balconies? Not that it's a bad thing...LOL!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 27, 2010
4:28 AM

Post #7741141

The solar idea is off the charts,You are on to something there,recycle and reuse.ive got one of those keepers too,he can fix or build anything,I will say i need a thingy here and a somthing there and when I get home from work there it is,he better live forever,after 33 yrs i wouldnt know what to do without him.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2010
10:45 AM

Post #7940450

I bought this for $2.00 at our local thrift shop. It was a wal sconce, but I painted it black from gold and bent it to hang around a corner post, not my original idea, but works. Now looking for battery tapers that flicker.

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 3, 2010
11:42 AM

Post #7940567

Excellent score! ♥ the beads!
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 3, 2010
10:50 PM

Post #7941804

I love all the ideas guys. Garden art is going to be my next thing I start collecting. I have beds that still need plants, but the beds are there. I need more hardscape and art, so it all inspires me.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2010
3:54 AM

Post #7941959

that will be cool when it has lights,Ive been working on a few peices of garden art ,they are not finished just got the final coat of enamel on everything

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2010
11:52 AM

Post #7942860

FishKnees, I got one hanging crystal from my friend, she has more , but for now that is a necklace. I found my candles that look real but battery operated on Ebay.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 4, 2010
4:12 PM

Post #7943263

I like it huggergirl. It will look great.

This is my project. I have a solar fountain that we got on ebay and I am going to sink a container into it for the water to drop into so it will be easier to screen out debris than it would filling the whole tub, then I may put dirt around that and fish gravel on top and put trailing plants or something in that to spill out over.

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2010
4:04 AM

Post #7944069

11,your going to love what I have here...

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huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2010
4:15 AM

Post #7944086

this is the soon to be comode garden , I have flowers planted in it now ,dh drilled a hole in the bottom of the bowl so it would drain,going to be way too hot to work on that garden this week ...Iam lookin for a small claw foot tub too.The photo above of the sink its an old one complete with crome fawcet and handles,heavy porcelin on steel,it hung on the wall,which is amazing it is sooo heavy...

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2010
8:34 AM

Post #7944647

Hugger how funny, I have two comodes that I am trying to figure out where to put them and what to put in them. I want to put one by the tub but the other I am not sure. If I go to the salvage yard and find a sink I will get that too. I love that sink. The area is pretty.
J2222
Southern California, CA

July 5, 2010
8:43 AM

Post #7944669

This is fabulous! I love it.
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 5, 2010
4:43 PM

Post #7945768

I finally had to say NO to the solar lights for now, have so many treasures saved up for projects and DH said, "No, Peg, finish what you have at home first". He is so right, but I'm not about to tell him that.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #7945803

I know my h says that too, that I start and never finish. It is kind of true. I have too many little things going and not enough time. I would get a lot done if he would move out for a month. lol
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

July 5, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #7945818

If it's any consolation I haven't found any solar lights that last real well. If you wait awhile maybe the technology will improve.

katie
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2010
10:46 PM

Post #7946491

How funny, we have solar lights that still work after 5 years but the part that breaks is the plastic part the goes in the ground. If you pull them up here in this clay soil and heat, the plastic breaks.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2010
3:52 AM

Post #7946625

Iam having a good CHUCKLE ,I would love to move the DH out for just a week ,I could get soo much stuff done and go to work...He is the 1 that starts and never finishes and he is retired 10 yrs... AARRGG,Ive been waiting on a master bathroom 15yrs now,we own all the componets and have for 15 yrs...i could kill him if he wasnt soo good at doing all the little crap too!!! Iam too waiting on better solar lights,mine ars annoying to say the least,The hose is always flipping them off the stakes,I want some more lanterns that hang,dh is a tight wad, ours still work dont they ...I forgot to say the photo is projects in progress.I will probly be painting them inside,too hott and humid to finish them outside

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Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 6, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7948427

Just wish DH would finish up ALL his projects and not worry about mine. I've waited years for things to get done too hellnz11, so when DH tells me he is going to finish up a small job I just smile and think to myself, don't hold your breath.
lindawin58
Ewing, NE

July 6, 2010
7:40 PM

Post #7948668

Fish I love your solar lite, but also noticed what looked like pillows, what are thoes? Linda
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 6, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #7948714

I guess we all suffer the same stuff. All would be good if we were married to a gay decorator.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 7, 2010
7:10 AM

Post #7949386

Linda, here is the thread from my cement pillows http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/910770/
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 8, 2010
11:04 PM

Post #7954234

cool, I just put my dd's chihuahua down and am making her a memorial garden, I see the chi medallion mold. Her name was Cinderella so I will probably be looking for something Cinderella that would hold up outside for her garden.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2010
3:29 AM

Post #7954345

those concrete pillows are really sweet,Iam thinking I need a mold,I have bags of concrete...
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 10, 2010
12:03 AM

Post #7956717

I would have no idea what to do with one.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2010
3:32 AM

Post #7956781

Pile them up under a shady spot , I have lots of places they would fit in .Iam going to look for a mold...
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 10, 2010
1:10 PM

Post #7957824

We could make one ourselves easily, I bet. The basic shape would be pretty easy, then add the button holes at the end or bend a piece of metal to wave the shape a little in the main frame. Maybe.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

July 10, 2010
2:23 PM

Post #7957972

I found the molds on ebay at a reasonable price.

katie
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2010
2:48 PM

Post #7958036


fish-knees has the talent and imagination that we all can only wish we had. Or I do anyway. The pillows, the lamp, the stepping stones, the sleeping "angel" (?) It is a secret garden, magical. Thanks for the picture. Is all of your yard simular? What other perfectly clever things have you done? Will you share the ideas or would you call that plagerism?

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 10, 2010
3:05 PM

Post #7958081

Blushing... just too much time on my hands I guess :)
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 10, 2010
4:48 PM

Post #7958247

The comments I made were very sincere I promise. It sure starts the thinking about what can I do in my garden.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 10, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #7958437

Starting thinking always gets me in trouble LOL! Embarrassing my family on bulk trash day has become a annual event ☺
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2010
4:12 AM

Post #7959156

fish,Yea mee too !! and the dh .Hey honey can you make this...or can you help me fix that. My gardens are very ecclectic,Iam collector of all things,love may clean up days to go crusing to find treasures..LOL DH drug home a fiber glass pool of sorts,havent had any brain storms yet,what to do with it..

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 11, 2010
9:31 AM

Post #7959707

Wow! You have your DH trained to bring things home?! sigh...
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 11, 2010
10:06 PM

Post #7961623

I have a raised planter made from the drawers of a water bed frame and I put bricks stacked up around three sides of it.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 12, 2010
4:08 AM

Post #7961824

Funny thing about the dh ooh he would have never drug stuff home yrs ago..He would have a fit if I said lets go alley crusing during cleanup days.NOW he will go without me !!!! Look back in this thread at my toilet and bath sink,he shocked me with the toilet...Hoping to work on that bed tomorrow.Ill have to post the fiber glass tub,its good sized. Hellnzn11 post a photo of it ,sounds cool.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 12, 2010
11:20 PM

Post #7964267

Post a pix of which thing? The tub? The toilets? The tub is up a few threads by a red background container.
hellford
Titusville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 24, 2010
5:01 PM

Post #7994008

Thank you so much Fish Knees...I copied. Yours came out better I am still working on how to hang it better.

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 24, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #7994149

I have two in my shed that someone gave me a couple of years ago, those 80's stock house chandeliers and her house was a million dollar house a couple of years ago, so they are probably a little nicer than the standard stock home chandeliers. There are black widows in our shed and I am not going in there now. I have such wind here, I would really have to figure out where to put it anyway so it did not fly off and decapitate someone. lol

I like it Hell, you copy cat. lol

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

July 24, 2010
6:37 PM

Post #7994222

hellford, I ♥ it!
bjbr2
Albany, GA

August 14, 2010
6:40 PM

Post #8040285

New to the site, today. I am in love with fish knees garden. I would love to make the concrete pillows, but couldn't find the molds on ebay (per Katie) where else can I look? Fish knees you have a lovely garden!!!!

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 14, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #8040388

Thank you!

Here ya go --------> http://cgi.ebay.com/Pillow-stepping-stone-080-plastic-mold-2-thick-/400082542848?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0
bjbr2
Albany, GA

August 14, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #8040538

Thanks so much. I looked on ebay and missed it. I can't wait to make one!
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 14, 2010
10:31 PM

Post #8040640

Okay ladies and gentlemen. I am new to this site since recently becoming retired. Am planning on learning how to grow stuff. Had a lot of questions for the new beginner gardening folk, and a TtT question. I'm in CA and those who answered are all in other states --go figure.
Anyway...I had an old chandelier hanging in my enclosed patio -old milk grass globes, painted it white, and was very happy. My friends persuaded me to change it to a ceiling fan with lights. Oh, okay. Donated my poor ole lamp to Battered Women and gave a floor lamp to my BF's mother, and am now rather embarrassed to say regretting those moves, since seeing all the ingenious solar lamps you've come up with. So off to the TS to see what I can find. Also, just purchased from e-bay (BTW- why do you all call it evil-bay?) two pillow molds. Figure if I can't grow anything colorful, maybe I can make something colorful for my dirt. Now like the rest of you, I have sooooooo many things to make, plant, buy...I will soon need to beg Wal-Mart to hire me as a greater. And please, ladies, stop ragging on your DH's. I lost the love of my life, my sole mate suddenly 23 yrs ago, he was only 49 and still miss him so much! He wasn't perfect, but so darn close there is absolutely no replacement. So, thank you again for all the ideas and the answers to my question re: gazing globes (which I haven't fixed yet). To busy 'shopping'! hehe I just Love Dave's Garden and all you folks!
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2010
10:59 PM

Post #8040650

keeping active you are right about complaining about our men, but some of it is just so easy because we are so different than them and it is frustrating but most is in good fun. Mine is a knuckle head but I love him. I understand why that would upset you.
Now on to your gardening. You should be able to grow anything in TO if you work your soil and add amendments to it.
I would be bummed too about what you gave away but you can always go to a thrift store and get one that may even be better. It was not meant to be.
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2010
12:02 AM

Post #8040676

Hey there fellow Californian. Thank you. I'll look up what soil amendments I need, and ask my new gardener to take care of it. I'm no longer physically able to crawl up and down the hills. On the front hill the landscaper/Gardener talked me into periwinkle, he said it would do great. However the hill in the front gets mostly sun all day, and never looks like it's getting enough water, dry looking in large patches. Same with lawn, and border. Maybe I'm not watering enough, I water everything 3 days a week for 20 minutes( 6 x20=120x3=6 hrs a week I'm watering.. I could send a kid to college with what my water bill is. On the back hill the periwinkle that the birds planted (I didn't plant any there) is doing well, it's growing under oleander trees, in the shade.
My apologies for getting on my soap box regarding your husbands...must be having 'one of those days'. And am probably jealous as all get out that ya all have one.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 15, 2010
4:51 AM

Post #8040780

id gladly rent mine out,real cheap !!! He can fix anything or build it.Sorry to say I could use some alone time !!! i know I wont say that when he is gone!!!! ive never heard of Evil bay,but I could see why they might call it that ,you can get hooked on buying stuff,it is fun at times .I havent been working on any of my garden art lately,too hott and humid for painting.Glad you came to join us,you will love this place.
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 15, 2010
11:54 AM

Post #8041469

I noticed also there is alot of hubby bashing on this site, but it is only for fun and for bonding with the other girls. My husband of 45 years is wonderful to me. He never complains about me spending money, takes care of our kids aged 37-44, buys me jewelry if I want it (good jewelry!) And with all of that he still drives me crazy sometimes. Totally. But 'you cannot buy milk in a hardware store" and it is man's nature to be confused and trying like heck to be "king of the mountain" even if he does not qualify. I let him pretend to be and he seems content and so am I.
fishknees really does have a wonderful garden ! Just to see pictures of are great, but it makes me wish I were there in person. Those pillows worked up a storm here. Now we alll want some ! I bought some twisted bamboo about 8 ft high at Micheals Hobby store and just stuck them in the ground in my shade garden. They are dyed red and it is just a little touch of interest. I like how it looks and so far it has stood through several storms.
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2010
2:32 PM

Post #8041733

Golly, I do so apologize to everyone for my rant. It' just that you never know what the next day brings.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2010
2:49 PM

Post #8041757

I think Huggergirl has the right answer on why ebay gets called evil bay.

A caution to all of the newest folk amongst us here: we are all enablers and will encourage you to find and accumulate all kinds of silly stuff so that you can put together amazingly beautiful and cheap things :-)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2010
4:20 PM

Post #8041871

Fabulous!! :-)
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2010
4:45 PM

Post #8041907

Can I have an Amen to that. Oh Active Vinca major will not grow in our heat well in full sun, it likes filtered light or part shade in the afternoons and does ok, with limited water if it is in a shady spot, but in full sun, you will go broke trying to keep it. One transplanted piece from your bad sunny spot, to your shadier areas will take off and spread like wildfire in a year or 18 mo. Also the big Algerian Ivy is a good partner to it or in a similarly lit area.
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #8041970

I guess Ill have to start saving to have it replaced. Darn I just had them do it 2 yrs ago it and as the hill is about 20 ft tall by just over 100 ft long, I'll be saving for awhile. Oh, maybe I'll get a couple hundred umbrellas in pretty colors and stick them all over the hill. Now, won't that look cool. Folks could come by and have a look. Did you hear or remember about the guy (can't remember his name) that put up all those extremely huge yellow umbrellas around Lancaster/Palmdale years ago? The man whose fiancée was killed by one when it blew over now lives at the end of the cul-de-sac. Real nice guy, bought the house with his 'settlement'..
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

August 15, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8042055

For those of you in Ca. and near LA, when I visit my friend who lives in Beverly Hills, almost on the LA border, I love to walk the alleys when I'm here. Lots of people put things out, often nicely boxed bup, because they know people like me come through looking for treasure. Ii've found boxes of shoes and other clothing, children's bikes and other toys, furniture and planters. The week or two after Christmas are especially recommended though I have never been here then. I have found several discarded chandeliers which we are gradually converting into solar lights.

Good hunting, wherever you are.

katie
keepingactive
Thousand Oaks, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 15, 2010
9:27 PM

Post #8042393

Well golly. I live here and I didn't know BH's even had alleys. Used to work at Sunset & Doheny many years ago and always enjoyed driving up Sunset and watching the gardeners, maids and nanny's. I'm going to call my friend, he's a doctor; we used to work together and see if he has any alleys around him, and just might pay him a visit. It only 40 miles.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2010
10:02 PM

Post #8042429

lol I like to junk in alleys of historic homes or neighborhoods with a lot of long time residences, because often they pass away and the kids don't want all their parents junk and antiques that don't go with their tastes, and often only have a few days of bereavement. My friend and I used to call dibs from way far away from what we thought was gold only to find out it was not sometimes.
renatelynne
Boerne new zone 30, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 16, 2010
7:31 AM

Post #8042901

I LOVE the solar lamp. thanks for the ideas
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

August 16, 2010
10:31 AM

Post #8043278

South Beverly Hills looks pretty much like north Los Angeles; the border is only marked by street signs. This is NOT the Beverly Hills of huge gated estates. This area has lots of alleys. If you drive a beat-up old van like I do you get to meet lots of Beverly Hills policemen but so far not the one that ZaaZaa hit whom I told fully had it coming. But I digress. South Beverly Hills has lots of alleys which often have good stuff in them, left out for treasure hunters like us.

In addition to what I mentioned above I've also found tile (large whole ones), windows (with glass still in them) and an oak desk which the men who were done using it in a garage while they remodeled the house, helped load in my van. They offered me a bunch of concrete roof tiles but I couldn't spare the space for them in m y van.

The dumps in Mexico are still open and I go there to find blue (and other) bottles, washing machine tubs and whatever other goodies are there. Lots of old tires have found a new home on my arroyo.


For those of you new to this madness check out http://www.tirecrafting.com. I often see free tires with wheels on http://www.craigslist.org when I'm not close enough to get them. Sometimes I write to the posting person and tell them about tirecrafting. Ii've even gotten a thank you note or two.

My friend Tony who works for me and I have a friendly rivalry to see who can faind a use for something the other one was going to discard.

katie
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 16, 2010
10:56 PM

Post #8044491

OOw if you go to Mexico, the places that make the Saltillo tiles, will sell broken ones cheap, or free, they also have the cobalt blue tiles in there often times. Yours for the picking.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 17, 2010
4:41 AM

Post #8044653

katie,Iam jealous !!!! your in pickers heaven,I love that show American pickers !!! juneybug has hit the nail on the head ,we are enablers and we love it !!!! We had an old dump and it was soo fun picking ,its long gone now.Id love to go picking more often!!!
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 17, 2010
7:02 PM

Post #8046356

I LOVE THAT SHOW, SO DOES H AND MY STEP D TOO. Soon there will be no deals left. lol
Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 24, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #8060402

Can;'t miss American Pickers, my kind of people. All new ones coming up this fall, can't wait. My neighbors don't know what pack rats moved into their neighborhood. Almost impossible to get my back yard back from DH. What he can't get in the garage and shed just sits in the yard. Put up a large canopy for me to use as a potting shed, ya well I can't get in there now. I don't see any pots either.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 24, 2010
7:05 PM

Post #8060415

It's an illness I am sure, but let it kill us. I don't pack blatantly but h and I both have our stuff we refuse to part with.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #8069461

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKtlK7sn0JQ&NR=1 This is our theme song! Even bought peacock feathers, a Lincoln Townecar and Italian Suits, ties, shoes, lights, firplaces, electronics , chadeliers, now maybe make my own stone with molds,LOL.

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 29, 2010
5:53 PM

Post #8069469

lol
sylguy
Austin, TX

August 31, 2010
8:05 PM

Post #8073766

What channel/network is American Pickers on????? How could I have missed that?
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2010
8:07 PM

Post #8073773

Discovery or History channel.
sylguy
Austin, TX

August 31, 2010
8:10 PM

Post #8073779

THX I'll look at the guide on those...:=)
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2010
8:12 PM

Post #8073786

Let me know if you don't find it, I will look at my tivo to see if it is one of those for sure. I am pretty sure it is. That show is fantastic. I want to run away and go on the road.
sylguy
Austin, TX

August 31, 2010
8:13 PM

Post #8073792

First one to find it, post it!
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2010
8:21 PM

Post #8073806

History channel, on my Direct TV it is eastern feed and is on 269.
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2010
4:00 AM

Post #8074050

its the History channel on Dish its channel 120,monday night,also repeats on sunday afternoons,and Pawn Stars is pretty good too.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 1, 2010
10:33 PM

Post #8075852

Yeah it is.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2011
9:15 AM

Post #8554631

Lots of ideas and I am finally implementing some. I made this from garage sale finds, but can't find a solar light small enough to go in it.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8554639

Here is one that did work and I have 2 more Amber globes I am working on.

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curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8554646

Here is the Amber ones I am working on and the shop where I got them has a box of them, so I might have to go back. Hubby is helping me with securing them with new pipe. They are open on both ends.

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

May 11, 2011
7:12 PM

Post #8556596

Very cool post consumer lighting!
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8564908

I love amber.
TriniStar
Ridgefield Park, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8567699

This is an amazing thread! I love this idea, very creative!
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8785248

This thread has a life of it's own now. I finally bought something and painted it for ourdoors so I bought other paint for this project and if it was not such a miserable heat wave I would have started painting one of the chandeliers already.

My husband loves the metal 6 ft wine wrack I bought and painted for an outdoor plant stand. I bought 99 cent store colenders and put the straw swamp cooler pad material, which I cut into strips inside to line the colender baskets and filled like hanging baskets. The pads are like 3 bucks and are meant to retain water, they are dense and have mesh holding them together, so you just cut in strips and line the baskets. If you need more mulch for the top of the basket, extra straw falls out when you are cutting the strips, just tuck it in pockets where dirt may spill out while watering and put on top to help hold soil in and water too.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8785286

Here is the shelf with colenders.

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hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8785290

This was a thrift store votive holder, that I put petunias in with the mesh stuff too. I meant to hang it but have not. Pained it the same.

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 30, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8785409

Very cool! And of course I love the blue :)
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8785626

Thanks. Sorry to hijack.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 30, 2011
4:33 PM

Post #8785640

Oh I don't consider it hi-jacking :)
You might want to post your wine rack on it's own post so everyone can enjoy it :) Where did you find it?
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 30, 2011
11:04 PM

Post #8786224

At a junk antinque shop here. I see several other things that I could make something from at this place. They do lay away.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 31, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8786486

Lay away...sigh...those were the days...
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2011
11:52 PM

Post #8788025

Who has that anymore besides K-Mart??? and this place.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 1, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8788521

No one, they all want to open a high interest store credit card :(
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2011
10:53 AM

Post #8800706

Need ideas for this. It has a globe but don't like it. I just saw where one was mosaiced with glass. I bet sea glass would look nice.

Linda

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 9, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8800717

I love , love that, Curve . My kind of stuff . I'd hang it over my breakfast table .
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

September 9, 2011
12:32 PM

Post #8800855

Love it too. I love sea glass . I don't picture it with sea glass though.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 10, 2011
4:36 AM

Post #8801856

Someone did a globe like it has with crushed windshield mosaic. The globe I have is white. Can't use it over the kitchen table or as a pot rack. Someone suggested painting it rose colored for my AZ room to go between my chairs.(to bring out my colors) I could put crystal or rose garlands on it. Even hang tassels if I wanted. Would love to find some teapot tassels. Might not mind the white globe so much. It would go in between these chairs. Even sage green might look good or one color as base, then another and sand off parts.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 10, 2011
6:48 AM

Post #8801994

Paint the globe with glass paint . Even solid color would be better than white .
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

September 13, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8807054

Im still thinking of painting it mauve then white over it and sand off spots for shabby chic. The globe got cleaned up and I don't mind it so much now.

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 13, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8807135

Looks darn good to me .
blkraven2
Wells, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 14, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8808602

you might spray paint the globe with a TRANSPARENT paint to give it some color.. something the will let the light shine thru but get rid of the white.. before twinkle lights came in colors I would paint them with nail polish to give them color when lit.. same idea only bigger!
snappygarden
Gibsonia, FL

October 11, 2011
9:22 AM

Post #8844978

That is a very clever idea. I love it
Fleur_2011
Yucaipa, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 27, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9058800

Hi y'all! Some very interesting reading on here indeed! I guess the term "treasure hunters" sounds much better than "dumpster divers" huh? I have to admit that I've found some nifty things from the large trash bins in an apt complex that my daughter used to live in. One time I found a wood chair that I will eventually "refinish" but for now it sits in front of my sewing machine. The same day I also found a "twig style" wrought iron candle holder that will hold 5 candles. I have that sitting on top of my entertainment center. When I mentioned my 'great finds' to my daughter, all she said was "Oh My God Mother!" Years ago I even found a full bag of cat litter in back of a grocery store, took it since I had 2 cats.

Where I live now, in a mobile home park, people are always putting stuff out near the trash areas. I got a corner shelf stand that is brown right now, but will probably disassemble it & repaint another color. Yep, I find all kinds of nifty things now & then. I'll only take it if I know I will actually use it for something. Will check back on here later...catch y'all later!
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

March 27, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #9059244

That's what it's all about Fleur . Aren't we having fun ?

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 30, 2013
2:35 PM

Post #9674368

Well my solar chandelier was pretty faded, paint peeling. I updated it with beige paint, new solar lights and some bling!

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Samigal
(Pegi) Norwalk, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2013
3:55 PM

Post #9674432














Very pretty, Fish_knees. I keep saying it is too hot to go out and work on some projects, when the cool weather does finally come I just hope I don't find any more excuses.








Very
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

September 30, 2013
4:00 PM

Post #9674438

Looks good to me .

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

September 30, 2013
5:59 PM

Post #9674547

samigal, we finally hit the mid 90's! Nice and cool for Phoenix. I've been hibernating in the air conditioned house since April. So fun to finally be outside :)
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2013
1:24 PM

Post #9687355

It looks great! It seemed like a hot summer and turning too cold already. I made myself go outside today though. I've moved all my succulents into the AZ room. I think they are going to stay there. Tired of moving things around. Spruced up my window boxes. What new things have you done Fishknees? Been a long while since I've been on. I have a new project. What to put on top of an old singer sewing base in my eating area corner. I would like storage.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

October 17, 2013
3:37 AM

Post #9687766

I use my old machine as a divider/island between kitchen and eating area .Waterpruf scarf on top with big wicker basket for fruit and taters .

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